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If you are fond of the relatively newer programming languages like Apple’s Swift, you might be too comfortable calling C++ a bloated programming language. To tackle such questions and improve the support for large-scale software, C++17 is expected to ship later this year.

C++17 has become a major release just like C++98 and C++11. ISO C++ standards member Herb Sutter recently shared his report from the standards meeting and told that C++17 is now complete.

The new C++ 17 standards are introducing new features like structured bindings and if initialisers, making this vintage programming language “feature complete”.

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The C++ community is calling C++17 the start of a new era that will bring powerful technical specifications. The non-C++17 features will be released later as add-ons in future releases.

Here’s the list of the most notable features coming to C++:

  • C++17 is based on C11
  • Dynamic memory allocation for over-aligned data
  • Guaranteed copy elision
  • Forward process guarantees (FPG)
  • Structured bindings
  • if (init; condition) and switch (init; condition)
  • constexpr if
  • Inline variables
  • A weaker version of fixed order-of-evaluation for expressions
  • Template argument deduction for class templates
  • Addition of std::byte type

You can head over to GitHub and get the full details of the new changes coming with C++17.

I know it’s possible that many people were expecting more. But, to me, this feature list that consists of parallel algorithm libraries and fold expressions looks very impressive.

Overall, C++17 is a major update that consists of tons of smaller features that are expected to help make this language more readable.

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